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Posted: Jan 18, 2019

Washington Senator Hawkins pushes for work to prevent and manage wildfires

12th District State Senator Brad Hawkins says he’s excited about wildfire prevention techniques being proposed by the Washington Department of Natural Resources. “They are rolling out a 10-year, wildfire strategic plan and it includes priorities for what we can do to better fight fires, to be better prepared.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 9:52:24 AM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Government shutdown delays Southeast Thurston Fire Authority grant

Southeast Thurston Fire Authority commissioners authorized the transfer of about $114,000 of general funds to cover expenses within the authority’s SAFER volunteer grant that hasn’t received funding this year due to the partial government shutdown. SAFER, or Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants, are federally granted funds distributed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to fire departments and organizations to help them maintain firefighter training.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 1:06:38 PM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Washington state wants to add firefighters and training academy to beef up wildfire response

Citing the devastation and expense of fighting Washington’s wildland blazes, state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz proposed a “groundbreaking strategic plan” Thursday to prevent and respond to wildfires. The plan by Franz, who oversees the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is part of her $55 million budget request to lawmakers that would boost the state’s wildfire capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 11:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
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